By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
At least 20 foreign teams have expressed interest in participating in this year’s Bravehearts International Basketball Challenge set for August 22 to 24 in Lilongwe.
The teams include defending champions Matero Magic from Zambia and 2017 winners Harare City Hornets of Zimbabwe.
The tournament’s head of marketing, Daudi Hussein, said teams from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia were interested in the showpiece.
“The response to our invitation has been overwhelming. This gives us the belief that this year’s competition will be the best. Our preparations are on course and everything is in place,” Hussen said.
The tournament has slots for 12 foreign men’s teams whereas eight women’s sides are expected to take part.
University of Zambia, Munali Suns and Hawks are some of the foreign teams expected to participate in the tournament.
Some 10 local teams will also be part of the competition with Cougars, Central Knights, Lady Dynamites and hosts Bravehearts men’s and ladies expected to lead their compatriots.
The local sides have struggled to match the foreign opponents in international competitions with all men’s teams failing to go beyond the quarter-finals in last year’s tournament.
But Bravehearts Ladies won the tournament after defeating Magic Sparks 73-61 in the final at Civo Basketball Court.
Knights Head of Marketing, Emmanuel Phiri, said his charges were aiming at bettering last year’s results.
“We struggled during the previous two editions of the tournament but we will prepare well this time. Our target will be winning the competition,” Phiri said.
This is the third consecutive year for Bravehearts to organise the tournament since it was introduced in 2017.
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